Five feeder liners, including Tehama Shipping and Transinsular, have selected the on-premise stowage planning solution StowMan, provided by Navis.
The partnership aims to improve vessel stowage planning and an effective load list handling in order to optimise vessel utilisation and port calls.
The trend of mega vessels and alliances has increased the inbound and outbound connections of feeder vessels, which requires more sophisticated planning, resulting in an increased demand for advanced stowage solutions.
The feeder division of UAE/Dubai -based Tehama Shipping operates a fleet of eight container vessels ranging between 600 and 4,500 teu, mainly in Indian Sub-Continent (ISC) and Middle East trades but also expanding to Asia and the Black Sea.
The vessels are equipped with the onboard loading computer MACS3 by Navis and thanks to StowMan’s connectivity to MACS3, the vessel planners can see the same stability check results as the ship’s crew.
Captain Sherif Elbakatoushy, general manager at Tehama Shipping, said: “We have chosen StowMan to optimise the vessel stowage which allows us to maximize loading with safer stability conditions.”
Lisbon-based Transinsular, who operates four dedicated liner services – Azores Express, Madeira Express, Line Class and Atoba Service – has decided to switch from onboard planning to a centralised, shore-based stowage centre supported by StowMan software.
António Oliveira, fleet and operations director at Transinsula, said: “To improve operations, we require central planning across all services. StowMan enables us to manage the stowage planning and optimise the cargo load based on accurate vessel profile information.”
Transinsular currently operates a fleet of seven geared container vessels in the 1,000 teu range, connecting the Iberian Peninsula, Northern Europe, the Mediterranean and Asia with the Azores, Madeira, Cape Verde and West Africa.
Guy Rey-Herme, president of XVELA and the head of maritime solutions at Navis, said: “The enhanced scope of planning and cargo handling functionalities of StowMan provides vessel planners with the boost in productivity that is needed to meet today’s requirements for efficient container shipping for all vessel sizes.”
Currently, 50 carriers and logistics providers with approximately 500 users worldwide stow their vessels with StowMan, including several top five ocean carriers.
Integration with XVELA allows StowMan users to work in tandem with terminal planners to create more efficient stowage plans that are optimised for the current conditions of the terminal.